Clinton, Napolitano under fire for failing to answer questions about immigrants on public dole
By Julian Pecquet - 08/21/12 08:36 PM EDT
The lawmakers say the Obama administration is violating the law by issuing visas to immigrants who are likely to become public charges, going so far as to partner with Mexico to expand enrollment into the food stamp program. The ranking members on the Budget, Judiciary, Finance and Agriculture panels sent Hillary Clinton and Janet Napolitano a letter earlier this month demanding to know how many foreigners were given visas or otherwise allowed to enter the country in the past 10 years and later received public assistance, but have not received a response.
“It is unacceptable that Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Clinton have not seen fit to respond our oversight letter,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said in a statement. “It is a sound principle of immigration law that those who come to our country should be able to take care of themselves financially, yet this legal requirement has effectively been waived. Under their agencies’ guidelines, an able-bodied, working-age immigrant could receive the bulk of his or her income in the form of federal assistance and still not be deemed welfare-reliant.”